Celebrating moms

Timberline Gallery invites the public to join in a fun event to honor mothers this Mother’s Day - For the Mama Mia - It’s Your Day!

Eight Timberline artists who design and fabricate art jewelry are making jewelry pieces especially suited for Mother’s Day gifts.

The Mama Mia reception will be Saturday April 30 from 2-4 p.m., and the exhibit will be at Timberline through May 8, Mother’s Day.

DiCiccos, Round Table Pizza, and Gold Mine Pizza are participating in this event. It will be a collaboration of local restaurants with the jewelry artists to honor mothers through the expression of art.

Participating jewelry artists are David Caris, Judy DeRosa, Elsbeth Felman, Gretchen Lee, Ray McGee, Richard Nelson and Merylyn Whited.

Each jewelry artist is donating a special jewelry piece for a raffle. Raffle tickets are on sale at Timberline Gallery. Proceeds from the raffles will be donated to the Children’s Museum of the Sierra.

Merylyn Whited, a member of Timberline Gallery since 1994, is a jewelry designer specializing in thematic art jewelry with a background in metal smithing and enameling. She works with non-ferrous and precious metals to create thematic jewelry. She selects semi-precious gem stones, found objects, natural and man-made materials in her pieces.

For the Mama Mia - It’s your Day! event, Whited donated a special Mother’s Day necklace using a Natural Galaxy Desert Rose Druzy Agate, mounted on a Merlins Gold foundation; then strung with matching matt finished Druzy Agate beads, antique pink glass beads from occupied Japan, and Swarovski crystals.

Designer Elsbeth Feldman’s family was from Norway and her Nordic heritage is evident in the stunning Celtic designs of her chain maille bracelets, necklaces and earrings. She is self-taught and creates her own designs, often inspired by researching historical images of knights of old from the Vikings, Japan and even England.

When she retired from teaching, she was searching for an activity that would not take up a lot of room and could be financially productive. Making the chain maille pieces at her home was the perfect answer. The pieces are patiently constructed of sterling silver, occasionally integrating fire polished crystals, pearls and semi-precious stone beads.

Cancer Chronicles

An exhibit - the Cancer Chronicles - will run May 9 - 19 at Timberline. It’s Ken West’s journey of pancreatic cancer through images, capturing feelings, ideas, sadness, humor and fun along the way.

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